Zuckerberg takes a timid stab at theology

Everyone wants to know what Mark Zuckerberg believes, just as everyone wants to hear the songs Elon Musk records and releases to the public. When you’re that rich, that famous and that powerful, the world is curious to know everything there is to know about your beliefs, hobbies and desires. Who, for example, wasn’t impressed two years ago upon learning that Warren Buffett splurges as much as $3.17 on his breakfast every day at McDonalds, and that when he’s “not feeling quite so prosperous, [he] might go with the $2.61?”

And now the world and the media have had the chance to discover the profound truth about Zuckerberg’s hitherto unexpressed religious beliefs. These details, whether it’s about breakfast menus or religious beliefs, are things the world needs to know because they may supply people who aren’t rich, famous and powerful with the keys to becoming any or all of those things.

Zuckerberg gave at a conference in Utah, the founder and CEO of Facebook for the first time revealed his deepest thoughts on spirituality. “I think there’s a comfort in knowing and having confidence that there are things bigger than you … it’s why I have so much faith in democracy overall, it’s why I care so much about giving people a voice.” He added: “You have to believe in things that are bigger than yourself.”

Contextual Note

Zuckerberg takes the attitude that extremely wealthy people are role models for the entire world, not for their neighbors. If his the neighbors in Hawaii had followed Trump Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s advice to Greta Thunberg, who said he would take the Swedish teenager seriously after she has enrolled in a college economics course, they might have understood that the property taxes Zuckerberg pays contribute handsomely to their community’s prosperity. This means that his wealth is somehow trickling down to them. It’s win-win, so they have no reason to complain.

The rest of us ordinary people know that there is something bigger out there, something that constrains our power and limits our action in the world. Zuckerberg reigns over Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp — the networks that structure contemporary civilization. When someone who feels little constraint on his actions and initiatives inside a social network universe that now encompasses every nation on earth and touches close to half the world’s population, we should listen carefully to his testimony.

He has reveaed, though more as a joke, that his deity apparently doesn’t have an operational role at Facebook, either as staff or a consultant: “I did not mean to say that God is a mentor.”

How his conversion from materialistic atheism will influence his management of the social media so many humans are addicted to remains to be seen. He does reveal the two major factors that led to this change of theological perspective when he confesses that “the birth of his daughters and the challeng es his company have faced have influenced his faith.” Perhaps his experience as a father has taught him that it’s more difficult to manipulate a single infant than the billions of Facebook’s subscribers he has no personal reason even to care about.